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| LEGISLATIVE LOOK AHEAD

THE IMPACT OF THE 2016
ELECTIONS ON AGGREGATES
By Jim Riley,
NSSGA Senior Director of Government Affairs,
and Michele Stanley,
NSSGA Director of Government Affairs

THE U.S. HOUSE OF Representatives, Senate
and White House are each aligned with the
Republican party for the first time since 2006.
Prior to that, it was 88 years before a Republican
president entered office with a Republican
majority in the House and Senate.
President-elect Donald J. Trump has made
a $1 trillion infrastructure investment over
the next 10 years one of his top priorities as
well as repealing burdensome regulations and
reforming the tax code. The Trump infrastructure package is said to rely mostly on private
financing such as bonding and public-private
partnerships instead of dedicated and sustainable user-based sources.
A Republican-controlled Congress does not
give President Trump a blank check to make his campaign
promises into reality.
With a 52-48 majority in the Senate, Republicans will
still need the support of Democrats to pass legislation as
60 votes are needed to move forward on any bill.
NSSGA will work with Congress on a larger package of
regulatory updates in keeping with the President-elect's
desire for reform.
The association will ask members of Congress to use the
appropriations process to prevent agencies from enforcing onerous and burdensome rules, such as the EPA's
attempt to radically increase its jurisdiction under the
Waters of the United States rule and MSHA's Patterns of
Violations proposal.
"I cannot say enough how proud we are of the people in
our industry who made their voices heard in November. We
encourage everyone at aggregates operations to keep building their relationships with members of Congress, so they
can put forward laws that allow our businesses to expand
and America to invest in its infrastructure," said Michael W.
Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. Johnson urged anyone
in the industry to attend NSSGA's new signature event in the
fall - a Legislative and Policy Forum hosted in Washington,
D.C. Attendees will be able to educate their members of
Congress on these issues as well as the ones described below.

Tax Reform Could Improve
Operations and Businesses
Tax reform seems to be something all chambers and parties
want to tackle, as well as the new administration. Trump's tax
reform platform looked similar to the Republican blue print
and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady,
R-Texas, predicted tax reform will happen next year, and said
the plan he's working on is designed to be deficit-neutral.
NSSGA will keep a close eye on how they treat like-kind
exchanges, percentage depletion, estate tax and many other
small business taxes.
Rewriting the Endangered Species Act
With a Republican Congress and White House, the time
is right for Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform. Perhaps
more under the radar compared with other regulations, but
no less impactful to members, the Obama Administration
significantly expanded federal control of land use and other
operations via the ESA. Changes to U.S. National Fish &
Wildlife Services rules, the addition of many new species
to the endangered list and re-defining stormwater permits
were all changes made to the ESA that affect permitting of
aggregates operations. There are positive signs that the ESA
is ready for reforms. Very few species have been removed from
the list, as the current process simply makes it far easier to
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Regulations on the Horizon
Changes Ahead for MSHA in 2017
Legislative Look Ahead: The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Aggregates
New Conferences Begin in 2017
Rocks Build America – Yesterday and Today
Calportland Celebrates 125 Years of Service
Rip & Share
NSSGA@work
2017 Product Preview Section
Products & Services Guide
Index of Advertisers
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Regulations on the Horizon
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Legislative Look Ahead: The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Aggregates
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - New Conferences Begin in 2017
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Rocks Build America – Yesterday and Today
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - January/February 2017 - Calportland Celebrates 125 Years of Service
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